Cerebral Palsy Program
COMPASSIONATE CARE, COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in the United States and the world, and an estimated two in every 1,000 people in the United States manifest one or more of the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
As a main referral center and one of the few programs in the country to offer a dedicated spasticity clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital's Cerebral Palsy Program provides interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment for more than 2,500 patients each year.
At Boston Children's Cerebral Palsy Program, patients can see several providers in one day, which makes managing care easier on families and more collaborative for your child’s doctors. Our experts have extensive experience in treating all spectrums of the disorder—from ambulant, high-functioning children to non-ambulant children with multiple medical issues, the latter benefit especially from our complex care physicians.
Each of our patients has access to off-site cerebral palsy gait analysis, which involves the use of multiple cameras to measure a child’s gait-pattern development, ultimately helping to determine the most appropriate surgical treatments.
Our specialists are proud to provide compassionate care in a patient-centered atmosphere, and work to maximize each child’s functional independence, stability and quality of life, ultimately transitioning care into adulthood.
- cerebral palsy
- static encephalopathy
- progressive neuromuscular conditions
- congenital anomalies
- muscle tendon contractures
- skeletal and upper extremity malalignment and contractures
joint deformities of the spine, hip, knee, ankle and foot
For more information about our services, or to schedule an appointment or consultation, please call 617-355-6021.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at 01-617-355-5209.
Research And Innovation
For kids with cerebral palsy, quality of life is paramount
Giving kids a better quality of life means giving them the best care possible. “All of us (physicians) in the program have an ongoing dialogue about each individual patient, and those combined perspectives help provide much more comprehensive, well-rounded care,” says Benjamin Shore, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s CP Program. “Plus, we make sure the patient can see multiple doctors on the same day, so they can spend less time at the hospital—which all kids like.”
Can shoes help monitor toe-walking in children who have CP?
Boston Children's and the Motional Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital are investigating an innovative in-shoe device that can help monitor toe-walking, which can increase a child’s risk of falling.
Tabletop therapy technology
By the time some patients get to the Cerebral Palsy Program at Boston Children's Hospital, they're already uncomfortable, anxious and in no mood for the frustrating and sometimes painful stretching and dexterity exercises involved in their therapy.